General Questions about Chief Safety Services

Q: Is Chief Safety Services affiliated with OSHA?

A: NO. Chief Safety Services is a private, veteran owned firm. However, we do interact with OSHA in several ways, including assisting our clients with inspections and participating in OSHA training programs. 

Q: Why the name Chief Safety and where are you located?

A: Scott  grew up and still lives in Tuscola, Illinois located a half hour from Champaign-Urbana and has been a life long University of Illinois fan. Nick grew up in East Peoria, Illinois and still resides there. Nick and Scott met while both were serving in the United States Marine Corps.

Q: Employees are spread out and getting them in one location is a challenge, what are our options?

A: Chief Safety can arrange multiple training sessions, visit separate sites, or even conduct live online training. We are very flexible and can accommodate virtually any schedule. 

Q: Can my company get fined even if we only have one employee?

A: Yes, although there are some exemptions for employers with 10 or fewer employees such as record keeping and planned inspections, an employer with just one employee must still comply with the applicable OSHA standards. To learn more about which standards apply to your company’s operations please contact us.

Q: My company is working for a general contractor, who is responsible if OSHA shows up?

A: Each Employer is potentially responsible, contact us for more information!                                                                                                     

Q: My company was issued citations from a recent OSHA inspection, what experience do you have?

A: Chief Safety is highly qualified and have represented numerous clients each year. We not only provide representation at the informal conference but also assistance with the citation abatement process. 

Training Frequently Asked Questions

Q: My company has a high turn over rate, am I required to train new employees?

 A: Yes, it is recommended that new hires are trained before starting work. OSHA requires employers to train an employee to recognize any hazard they may encounter in the workplace. Chief Safety offers several tools including online new hire training to make meeting this requirement efficient and easy.  

Q: Does Chief Safety provide training for individuals?

A: Yes, our online training is most cost effective in this case. We also can send one of our qualified trainers to the company’s location. 

Q: If there are less than 3 employees in attendance, can we still hold a 10/30 hour class in person

A: No, OSHA requires a minimum of 3 students and no more than 40 per class (unless preauthorized by an OSHA Outreach Center). 

Q: Is it possible to conduct a 10 hour training in one day?

A: No, OSHA has set a maximum training length of 7.5 hours per day. This criterion is also effective for the 30 hour training. 

Q: How much are your services?

A: Chief Safety prices its services based on numerous factors. Safety should not be thought of as an expense but rather an investment. A  study published by the National Safety Council determined that for each dollar invested in safety, returns 2 dollars or more.To get an estimate, please contact us.

For more information regarding the study and business case for safety, click here. 

Q: I’m a small employer, am I required to maintain an occupational safety and health program?

A: Yes, even employers with as few as one employee must develop, implement, and maintain an occupational safety and health plan to protect their employees. Several factors determine whether a safety and health plan must be written or can be conveyed verbally. Please contact us to discuss your company’s options.